A groundbreaking ceremony on May 13, 2010 marked the start of construction for the University of Maryland Medical Center's newest facility. This facility became Phase IV of the Medical Center's strategic facilities expansion plan.

The new facility is connected to the existing R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Building. It expands the Shock Trauma Center, boosts the capacity of the Medical Center's adult and pediatric emergency departments and provides additional beds for surgical intensive care patients.

To learn more about the benefits the new building brings to the Medical Center and the local community, click on the topics outlined below or scroll down the page:

Enhanced Trauma Care

In the coming years, there will be an increased demand for trauma and other emergency services, as well as surgical and critical care. The Medical Center estimates that it will handle nearly 80,000 emergency department visits a year by 2016, compared with nearly 64,000 visits in 2008.

With its 10 state-of-the-art operating rooms, 64 new and replacement critical care beds and rooftop landing pad for Medevac and Maryland ExpressCare helicopters, this building greatly enhances the Medical Center's capacity to treat patients who need the highest level of trauma, emergency and critical care.


Environmentally Friendly Design

The building meets criteria for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council as a "green" building. This certification means that the building is constructed in an environmentally responsible way by reducing energy consumption and cutting waste both during construction and when the building is in use.

In order to meet LEED Gold level standards, the building incorporates a variety of planning, design and construction strategies that includes everything from high efficiency lighting fixtures to sophisticated heat recovery systems and occupancy sensing lighting controls.


Job Creation

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, a Baltimore-based firm charged with managing construction for the project, generated about 300 new construction jobs, giving the local economy a much needed boost. Construction lasted 35 months and took 874,000 man hours. Twenty five percent of the work was performed by minority or disadvantaged contractors.

In addition, the Medical Center added an additional 250 employees to its work force to staff the expanded areas. Currently, the Medical Center has more than 6,800 employees.


National Training Center

Since 2001, U.S. Air Force surgeons, nurses and technicians have been coming to Shock Trauma for training through the Center for Sustained Trauma and Readiness Skills (C-STARS) program.

The building houses a National Trauma and Emergency Medicine Training Center. This training center has four simulation rooms and is located on the building's first floor. These technologically advanced simulation rooms have the ability to replicate conditions in the hospital and on the battlefield to enhance the skills of both civilian and military health care professionals.


Patient-Focused Design

Nurses and other staff members were involved in planning the layout of the new building. They looked at work-flow issues, as well as patient safety and comfort, to create a space that was both patient- and family-centered, in addition to being user-friendly for the staff.

The entrance to the building is on Lombard Street, just west of the connection to the Weinberg Building. There is a reception desk and waiting area for Shock Trauma visitors and family members on the first floor. People coming to the Medical Center's expanded adult and pediatric emergency departments use a separate entrance located in the Weinberg Building.